The project for the construction of the Kandym Gas Processing Plant implemented under the Agreement between LUKOIL and the Republic of Uzbekistan, is one of the largest investment projects in the Republic of Uzbekistan. Planned as part of the project is a natural gas collection system, gas transmission plant, administrative building, maintenance areas and other facilities, as well as an autonomous residential complex for 1,150 people in the Kandym field area. The project also includes about 500 km of technological and field pipelines, 281 km of roads, water lines, 272 km of power lines, and 50 km of railway access.
With a production capacity of 8.1 billion cubic meters of gas per year, the plant processes hydrogen sulfide gas for the production of purified natural fuel, stable gas condensate, and block and granulated sulfur.
The ITPS Group of Companies has been involved in the project from its inception and together with ENTER Engineering and the Hyundai Engineering Company developed the IT and security system architecture.
The scope of the project included development of IT systems and security systems for the Kandym Gas Processing Plant, a facility with the production capacity of 8 billion cubic meters of gas per year. The plant consists of two technological lines – each with a 4 billion cubic-meter capacity – facilities for external electricity and water supply, a gas collection system and export pipeline, a field camp, fire station, etc.
As part of the conceptual design, the foundation was laid for the creation of an integrated IT system, including IT infrastructure and communication systems as well as an integrated process control system and MES, and technical security measures.
The ongoing cooperation of ITPS with all project stakeholders, combined with an integrated approach to its implementation, ensured construction of a high-quality IT infrastructure as part of the investment program. The timeline for the project’s implementation was limited. Consequently, this required simultaneous execution of various tasks, such as for example, the supply of equipment as early as the system design stage.
CHALLENGES AND RISKS
The complexity of the project was largely due to the climatic conditions of the area: the Kandym fields are located on a desert plain 90% of which is sand. The climate is distinctly continental with hot and dry summers and harsh winters. In addition, water resources are limited. This required a complex infrastructural setup to ensure the stable functioning of IT infrastructure and the uninterrupted operation of equipment installed both inside the premises of the Kandym Gas Processing Plant, and outside, on the territory of the facility, where sandstorms are frequent.
In order to effectively use the implemented systems, ITPS specialists were present on site during trial operation, when they continued to provide training and consulting for customer employees, as well as additional equipment adjustments in accordance with the customer’s requirements.
Implementation of a complex, large-scale high-tech project was made possible thanks to the coordinated work of a big team of professionals which included highly qualified specialists not only from Russia, but also from Uzbekistan, the CIS countries, and world leaders from the IT industry. Construction of the plant was the fruit of their cooperation, based on advanced technology and automated solutions taking into account today’s occupational safety requirements and labour protection, designed to make the operation of facilities at the fields as efficient as possible.